Highest sustainability honour awarded to Expo 2020’s engineering, infrastructure, landscaping,public spacesand more

Highest sustainability honour awarded to Expo 2020’s engineering, infrastructure, landscaping,public spacesand more

  • Eight sitesreceive ‘Excellent’rating from leading civil engineering body CEEQUAL
  • Expo is the first project in the region to receive an ‘Excellent’ CEEQUAL certificate
  • Al Wasl Plaza and its record-breaking dome top the list of site-wide achievements

IMPORTANT: From 1 August 2021, visual assets associated with Expo 2020 Press Releases or Media Alerts will only be accessible via the Media Asset Management System (MAM). Media are encouraged to go through the Expo 2020 media accreditation processnow to ensure accreditation credentials are obtained to permit access to assets on the MAM.

DUBAI, 22 April 2021–Eight infrastructure projects across Expo 2020 Dubai have been awarded the highest rating under CEEQUAL, the internationally recognised sustainability assessment for civil engineering, representing a major milestone in Expo’s goal to become one of the most sustainable World Expos ever.

Ratings under CEEQUAL – the world’s first sustainability assessment, rating and certification scheme for best practice in infrastructure projects – range from a ‘Pass’ at 30 per cent to ‘Excellent’ at 75 per cent, assessedacross a range of sustainability issues, including land use, ecology, transport, resilience and pollution.Expo 2020 is the first project in the Middle East to receive an ‘Excellent’ CEEQUAL rating.

The beating heart of Expo 2020, connecting all three Thematic Districts andacting as a meeting place in a shaded microclimate unlike anywhere in Dubai, Al Wasl Plaza exceeded the award’s highest threshold, with a 91.6 per cent score. The trellis and steelwork of the 130-metre by 67.5-metre Al Wasl dome,which encircles the plaza and creates the largest 360-degree projection surface in the world, scored even higher, at93.6 per cent.

One of the largest rosters of awards given by CEEQUAL on a single site globally,Expo 2020’s ‘Excellent’ certificates represent the highest industry recognition for civil engineering and highlight how the event has incorporated sustainable design principles across its buildings, infrastructure and landscaping.

Developed by the UK-based Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the wider industry, CEEQUAL was launched in 2004. It is now part of the BREEAM family of schemes within BRE Global, bringing together the world’s leading sustainability assessment methods for buildings, master planning and infrastructure across the built asset lifecycle.

Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said:“As one of our three key subthemes, sustainability impacts the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the communities where we live and represents our commitment to have a positive impact on a local, national, regional and global scale.

“Honouring the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to position the UAE as a pioneer in sustainable development and the green economy, each of these CEEQUAL ‘Excellent’ certificates is a testament to the dedication and teamwork of our sustainability and site delivery teams. All involved are bound by a shared desire to ensure Expo 2020 isone of the most sustainable World Expos ever,while supporting the UAE’s efforts to build cleaner, safer and healthier communities for its people.”

The CEEQUAL Excellent awards spanExpo’s Public Realm, Al Wasl Plaza, parks, shading and other infrastructure across the 4.38 sqkm site.

Keith Nicholson, Infrastructure Key Account and Major Project Manager at BRE, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai’s infrastructure, including its sub-projects, has illustrated a high level of sustainability performance across the entire site. We areextremely proud of the project teams’ achievements and determination in being awarded a high CEEQUAL ‘Excellent’ rating – the first project in the Middle East to achieve this and a testament to the hard work of all those involved.”

Expo 2020’ssustainability efforts align with a host of national and international drivers, such as UAE Vision 2040, the UAE Centennial 2071 Plan and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as ‘A Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ – launched in 2012 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which seeks to establish the UAE as a global hub and a successful model of the new green economy.

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will invite visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as they discover life-changing innovations that will have a meaningful, positive impact on people and planet.


About Expo 2020 Dubai

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it bringstogether the planet in one placeto reimagine tomorrow.

  • With the purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalysing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges
  • Expo 2020 will provide a visually striking, intellectually enlightening and emotionally inspiring 182 days,as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever
  • Expo 2020’s sub-themes of OpportunityMobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to preserve and protect our planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone
  • Expo is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone, while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science and health experts
  • Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, located on a 4.38 sqkm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South
  • Built with a meaningful and measurable long-term legacy in mind, the Expo site will transform into District 2020 – amodel global community that will rethink the cities of the future – after Expo 2020 closes its doors

How to cover Expo 2020 Dubai in person at event time or report on the event remotely

To attend Expo 2020 or cover Expo 2020 remotely using content and assets generated by Expo, you must be accredited.

To kick off your journey with Expo 2020, please ensure that you:

1.            Register to access our Media Information System, Tawassul at https://media.expo2020dubai.com.

Tawassul is regularly updated, providing the latest content assets, including press releases, photographs, audio and video, the electronic media kit, and information on broadcast and photography operations. It also provides you with important information and updates on facilities and services such as media accreditation, visa information for international accredited media, and permits. Access to other media-related systems (Media Asset Management System and Media Bookings System), which will be launched in Q2 2021, will only be permitted to accredited media (see below). Information about these systems can be found on Tawassul.

2.            Once registered, submit an Expo 2020 Media Accreditation expression of interest.

Within this expression of interest, please appoint an Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) from within your organisation who will act as the single point of contact with Expo 2020 for media accreditation. Following this, approved media organisations will be provided login details and instructions for the accreditation system to enable them to submit applications.

For support, contact Expo 2020 Dubai’s Media Services team at media.services@expo2020.ae or +971 (0)56 689 2101.

Visit: www.expo2020dubai.com

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About World Expos

In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, were combined to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress. In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to find solutions to universal challenges and to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment.

World Expos are held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating international exhibitions (‘Expos’) and for fostering their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. Today, four types of Expos are organised under the BIE’s auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.


CEEQUAL is the world’s first sustainability assessment, rating and certification scheme for achieving best practice in infrastructure projects. There are over 820 projects registered globally with a combined GBP57billion construction value. CEEQUAL is part of the BREEAM family of schemes within BRE Global Ltd. For further information seehttps://www.ceequal.com/ or contact melanie.manton@ceequal.com.

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